A term derived from 'landmark' used in SOUNDSCAPE studies to refer to a community sound which is unique, or possesses qualities which make it specially regarded or noticed by the people in that community. Soundmarks, therefore, are of cultural and historical significance and merit preservation and protection.
Compare: DISAPPEARING SOUND, KEYNOTE, SOUND ROMANCE, SOUNDSCAPE DESIGN, SOUND SIGNAL.
Examples of Vancouver soundmarks:
Sound Example: Nine O'Clock gun, Stanley Park.Sound Example: Foghorns at Point Atkinson.
Sound Example: O Canada horn.
Sound Example: Steam clock, Gastown, Vancouver, B.C.